Yes. And yes.
The bruises on his avatar are an understatement. He looks and feels like he's been in a car accident. I don't think he'll be able to walk normal for two weeks and he's gonna have a wicked scar on his shin. He had to drive my mom-mobile to work today because he can't use his left leg to shift his manual truck without crying. You can definitely tell when his pain meds are wearing off. He was up 1.5 hours in the middle of the night waiting for the new dose to kick in so he could get back to sleep.
I told him if he ever does anthing this stupid again, I'm going to have to clip his wings. I think this lesson may actually sink in this time.
D-Jollymon has a pain in the arse too, but I'll let him post his own pix.
I have a booty shot but I'm not going to but it on the thread....i'll put it on my profile page if anyone wants to check it out.
TMI! But looks like some serious pain!
How far did you guys travel backwards or down?
Gory details dang it!
We got to the creek and it was roaring down the hill as the water hit the rocks that were cemented into the wash to slow the flow down. We couldn't cross because of the force of the water so we crossed above the entrance and came down the other side where we could wade to the tunnel as the water was slower. Once inside it was slow going as we were walking as high on the right side as we could without slipping. My left foot would be a bit lower than the right to provide stability on during the walk up. We came to the first area that had side tunnels dumping water into the main one. The water was coming in with such a rush that we had to jump across the fast moving water in the tunnel to get by the incoming side rush. This happened every side spot we hit.
We got all the way up to the area where we were to go up the side entrance and the flow was VERY heavy now and seemed to be getting worse. I waded across the massive flow and PW jumped and made it up to the square area. I didn't want some of the electronics I had in my jacket pocket to get wet so I put them in my backpack as I waited in the center rush of the water.
All of a sudden both of my feet began to slip, ever so slightly. I tried to bear down and get a better grip somehow but I started to slide even more. I was trying to slide/walk to the side and get up on the wall but it was to late. The creek had me and there was nothing I could do. I fell into the water with my GPSr and digital camera in my Gortex rain jacket and my backpack over one shoulder. I tried to put the backpack on but it was useless. I had my headlamp on me and my 1million candlelight flashlight in my hand as I sped down the 2-3 feet deep ride of terror. Every side tunnel I passed I had to hold my breath as massive amounts of water were spewing into the tunnel. I lost my headlamp and let go of the big flashlight so I could try and grab something. The lights floated down ahead of me...illuminating my watery nightmare. I choked on the water coming from the sides and tried to see what was coming up. I sped through the 1/4 mile of tunnel quickly and was thinking I could try and stop at the end.
I saw the entrance getting bigger and bigger.
The rocks came quickly as I exited the tunnel. I don't remember much of the last deadly 200 yards. This is where we should have been knocked unconcious. I can't get to sleep at night because I think of what could have happened. The rocks flipped me but somehow I managed to keep my head from hitting them. My breath was knocked out and I wondered how long it would be until I felt one of my extremities break. The rocks stopped making impact with my body as I go to the bottom of the creek where it was deeper. I couldn't move my legs in the deeper water so I used my arms to swim to the reeds that lined the stream. Barely able to grip the plants, I managed to pull my self up on the floating debris and crawl over to the cement side. Laying there in so much pain I could barley move. I had no idea where PW was but as I looked up he was 10 yards away with a bloody nose and laying on the ground as I was. He had a nasty slice in his shin.
I tried to move my arms and legs. The arms were fine but my hands/fingers were cramped/frozen from trying to stop myself in the tunnel.
We exited the creek where the fence ends and slowly made our way up the hill. PW had lost a boot, I had lost my backpack with wallet, Palm, TB's, other flashlight, keys to truck and my shorts. I could barely move up the hill in my boxers.
PW gave me a ride home in the back of his Xterra as I was wet and couldn't sit down. I just rolled myself into a ball to try to keep warm and ward off the shivers.
I went to the Emergency Room that night and passed out in the waiting area. Finally got to see the doc just before midnight. He gave me some med's for the night. Went back to the hospital the next morning and got my Tetnus shot and more meds.
Not a fun time for me....or PW.